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Today's News

  • To celebrate anniversary

    Brantley and Carol Payne of Whitetop will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Jan. 4, 2014. They were married Jan. 4, 1964.

  • Public record for 1/8/14 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.  
    For information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in August in the Galax General District Court office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:
    Ethan Douglas Funk of Galax, guilty of public swearing/intoxication; pay $25 fine and $91 costs.

  • Readers' Hotline 1/8/14

    Voters have spoken
    In regard to the county votes call, does this person not know majority rules? For the past two years, it was a 3-2 vote the other way. However, the last election [changed] the majority. The citizens have spoken. I am sure we will hear a lot from concerned citizens that got tired of the bureaucracy.

    Prison brought jobs

  • Carroll PSA names new chairman

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll Public Service Authority welcomed a new chairman for the new year Monday, while the board of supervisors chose to continue with the same chairman as in 2013.
    In two short organizational meetings, the supervisors went first and expressed their satisfaction with Chairman David Hutchins.
    Supervisor Phil McCraw quickly nominated Hutchins to return to the chair.

  • TCRH welcomes first baby of 2014

    Twin County Regional Hospital recently welcomed the first baby of 2014.
    Jaiden Ercely Sauceda, daughter of Jessica Shinault and Roger Sauceda of Galax, was the baby born closest to New Year’s Day, on Jan. 2 at 7:56 a.m. She weighed seven pounds, seven ounces and measured 20 inches long.  

  • Watch the road, while your car watches you

    A vast majority of motorists wants tougher laws to prevent sharing of vehicle data that is being sent out by the new generation of “connected cars.”
    A new poll by the American Automobile Association shows Virginia motorists are expressing strong concerns over the ownership and privacy of the data.

  • Zumba class offers fun way to stay fit

    HILLSVILLE — When it comes to staying fit, active and healthy in the New Year, the Carroll Wellness Center’s Zumba instructor prefers talking about a “lifestyle change” than a well-meaning, one-time “resolution.”
    When Gretchen Lawson attended her first Zumba class, as a mother-daughter activity through her church, she weighed 220 pounds.

  • Altercation involving police chief investigated

    HILLSVILLE — Virginia State Police have been looking into a report of an alleged assault involving the Hillsville police chief while off-duty.
    “We’re conducting an investigation, but we can’t make any comment on an investigation,” said Lt. J.J. Daniels, stationed at the Wytheville Virginia State Police Office.

  • Petitions defend zoning, call for supervisor's recall

    INDEPENDENCE — Recent controversial action by the Grayson County Board of Supervisors has prompted a group of citizens to circulate three petitions aimed at recalling a supervisor and retaining the county administrator and the county’s zoning ordinance.

  • Hospital working to slow spread of flu virus

    Twin County Regional Hospital has temporary visitation guidelines in place to minimize the spread of flu.
    Visitors will be limited to those who are at least age 18.
    Those who are younger should not visit the hospital including, the intensive care unit and the mother-baby unit, because those patients and infants, as well as visitors who are minors, are more vulnerable to illnesses increasing their risk for complications.